Art and the Cultural Transmission of Globalization

Linda Williams

in The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies

Published in print December 2018 | ISBN: 9780190630577
Published online December 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190630607 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Art and the Cultural Transmission of Globalization

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This chapter assesses how from early modernity to the present day, art has been a significant agent in the cultural transmission of globalization. It is a cultural legacy, however, that continues to be divided by a deep sense of ambivalence toward the question of how social imaginaries are delimited by the ubiquitous processes of global capital. The field of contemporary art is often entirely complicit with a culture of manufactured exclusivity and large profits, yet it also has its critical edge that has shown how the glossy allure of transnational capital obscures visions of other possible, less inequitable worlds. Other possible worlds have also appeared in art in a recent turn to the great, circulatory systems of the oceans as both the historical conduits of globalization and the channels through which we might envisage what kind of global imaginary will prevail in response to environmental crisis.

Keywords: art; social imaginary; modernity; global ecologies; cultural history; geopolitical

Article.  10481 words. 

Subjects: Political Sociology

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